LENGTH: 10 min
CATEGORY: Educational & Instructional, Animation, Sound, Color
DIRECTOR: Lu Guarnier
PRODUCER/PUBLISHER: National Tuberculosis Association
Rodney’s modernist cartoon animation renderings of cars, people, lungs, bacterial invasion, diagnostic technology, and treatment methods capture a moment in post-World-War-II American life and medicine when everything felt modern…Read The Essay
About the Director
Lu Guarnier (1914–2007), director of Rodney, was an exponent of the new modernist cartoon animation of the 1940s and early ’50s. Cartoon modernism emphasized abstraction, bold lines, dynamic distortion, and the elimination of unnecessary detail. The new style was economical (it required fewer cells and less drawing per cell) and brought visual elements from cubism, surrealism, art deco, minimalism, even abstract expressionism to the mass movie and television audience.
Stills from Rodney
Stills from Rodney reprinted with permission, © 2011 American Lung Association.
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